Player Profile: David McCreery
Born and growing up in the very heart of Protestant East Belfast, David McCreery was steeped from an early age in a marinade of politics and religion. An incredible versatile player who offered considerable skill and hard work, the highly promising midfield man was first discovered by legendary Manchester United scout Bob Bishop.
David McCreery made his first league appearance for Manchester United in a goalless draw against Portsmouth at Fratton Park in October 1974 and became a massive hit with the club´s supporters because of his uncompromising attitude and fighting spirit. McCreery appeared in 87 matches for Manchester United before the multifunctional performer was brought to Queens Park Rangers by his previous manager Tommy Docherty for a fee of £200,000 in 1979. Two years later, however, he joined forces with Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League where he spent two enjoyable summer seasons. On his return to England the following year the ball winning midfielder signed for Newcastle United, making 262 appearances for The Toon Army during his seven-year stay. He then had short spells with Heart of Midlothian and Hartlepool respectively before he eventually was appointed player-manager at Fourth Division Carlisle United where he replaced former Newcastle central defender Aidan McCaffrey. After two years of service at Brunton Park, he took over as player-manager at former club Hartlepool only to be given the sack at the end of the 1994–95 season. The popular midfield player pulled on the famous green shirt of Northern Ireland on 67 occasions and represented his native country in both the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain and the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico. The industrious David McCreery now owns a welding equipment company in County Durham.